This article describes Governor Jindal's vision for the privatization of the public schools in Louisiana.
Quoting the article, "Louisiana is embarking on the nation's boldest experiment in privatizing public education, with the state preparing to shift tens of millions in tax dollars out of the public schools to pay private industry, businesses owners and church pastors to educate children."
His proposals provide public money for private education on a scale without precedent in America. His plan has little fiscal or academic controls (private schools in Louisiana aren't required to give state tests). It simply educational anarchy.
It appears the basis of the plan is the self-reporting of academic gains of voucher students by state officials. Of course there isn't an analysis of whether this is the result of skimming of easier to educate students, or how these students would have done if they remained in the regular schools. And, of course, it has little regard for national studies showing voucher programs have mixed results at best.
Jindal believes in competition. Unfortunately, this isn't it. It is simple privatization. It's secular dollars for religious schools, and/or public dollars for any other education for that matter. There is an absence of curricular controls in many, if not most, circumstances. Students can be segregated based on any criteria. Schools can pick and choose who will be allowed to go to certain schools, making it easier to send students who misbehave, are different in any way, or harder to educate, etc., back to the regular public schools.
There is no evidence in research any of this will increase student achievement in any systematic way.
More concerning, it could allow for public money to go to schools based on extreme views. For instance, a church like Westboro Baptist Church could start a school with public money to teach children whatever they want, including how to protest at funerals of soldiers. This website could guide curricula - CAUTION, be aware, it's very offensive - the link.
Jindal's vision makes no sense. That's common sense.